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As a 4th/5th grade teacher, I read a lot of middle-grades literature. I have noticed that it is not uncommon for the villain of the story to be a mean teacher or a teacher who doesn’t really understand or appreciate children. Of course, as Mrs. Granger from Frindle wrote in […]

Let’s Elevate the Teaching Profession


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Thanks, Scott McLeod for starting this challenge: When it comes to education, what are 5 things that we have to stop pretending? Post on your blog, tag 5 others, and share using the #makeschooldifferent hashtag. Feel free to also put the URL of your post in the comments area so […]

It’s Time to Stop Pretending!



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As a language arts teacher, it is important to make sure my students understand perspectives. We discuss the ways different characters in literature view situations from varying points of view and the clues an author provides to help us see situations through the mind of a character. As a teacher […]

How to Get A Kid’s Eye Perspective on Your Teaching


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Today, Karin and I shared a Parent Connect about education in Finland. It is not a topic about which I am very well-informed, so a lot of our preparation consisted of reading and learning. I have heard so much about Finland, and it was interesting to fill in some of […]

Parent Connect: What’s So Great About Finland



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Last week I had the opportunity to spend a little time at Science Leadership Academy, the inquiry/project-based learning school started by Chris Lehmann. Here are several things that stuck with me as I reflected about what makes this school so special. [Note: “Special” is not just my opinion as evidenced […]

6 Things You Can Learn From Science Leadership Academy


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After I returned from last week’s North American Jewish Day School Conference in Philadelphia, I felt, as I often feel after a high-energy conference, excited and overwhelmed. I heard some incredible speakers, including Grant Lichtman, Dr. William Isaacs, and Rae Ringel.  I had the chance to visit Science Leadership Academy.  […]

Edu-Innovation is Becoming The Same Old Song & That’s a ...



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Jake Marcionette, the NYT bestselling author who wrote his first book, Just Jake, at age 12 emailed me to see if I would be interested in interviewing him and sharing a giveaway of his new book on Edtechworkshop. Of course, I emailed him back to say that no, I would […]

The Great “Just Jake” Book Giveaway + Interview


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One of the best parts of learning in community is the spontaneous discussions. Yesterday, we wondered if being a reader is something we inherit from our parents through genetics. Since I have some strong ideas, myself, about how we become readers, I recorded the discussion on video. You can also join […]

Is Being a Reader Genetic?



These are the slides from a recent Parent Connect session I led with Karin Hallett. We use AR at our school as a tool to help us in our choice literacy efforts. AR is far from a perfect tool, but it is what we have, and I find that it […]

Parent Connect: Reading Lives Vs. Reading Levels


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It’s been such a long time since I have blogged here. There’s no time. I’m too busy planning, teaching, grading, blogging on my classroom blogs, responding to student blogs, and the email….don’t even get me started on the burden of the email!The more I don’t write, the more I have […]

School or Learning?